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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots
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Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots

Duke University researchers have proposed a new approach for coordinating complex tasks between hundreds of robots while satisfying logic-based rules.

Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic
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Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic

Study finds 26% of consumers now view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably

São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance
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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. proposed a multimodal mixed reality visualization platform for the Microsoft HoloLens, designed to assist surgeons...

Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge
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Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge

Neuroscientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University were named winners of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Sage Bionetworks BEAT-PD DREAM...

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips
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Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips

Researchers led a project to store data by sliding two-dimensional metal layers over each another, which could increase data density with greater energy efficiency...

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year
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World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

Israeli company Redefine Meat has unveiled what it calls the world's first three-dimensionally-printed meatless steak.
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